Itinerary

Sat 6 Jul

Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the 5-star Arena di Serdica Hotel, centrally located in the city. A welcome dinner will be served in a local restaurant.

Sun 7 Jul

Join your guide for a city tour of Sofia, including Bulgaria’s largest church, the St Alexander Nevski, topped by golden domes, the 6th century basilica St Sofia and the National Theatre, built in the renaissance-style with striking fountains and garden. Following lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is at leisure before the first early evening performance at the Sofia Opera and an opportunity to meet the artists after the event.

Mon 8 Jul

Today we visit Rila Monastery, founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila whose dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex now known for its frescos, museum and architecture. We return to Sofia following lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Tue 9 Jul

Today we journey east to the town of Veliko Tarnovo, stopping first at Arbanasi, a village known for the stunning interior of its Nativity Church with frescos depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. After enjoying a private concert from an orthodox choir in one of Arbanassi’s many historic churches, we then continue to Veliko Tarnovo to check in at the 4-star Yantra Grand Hotel followed by a walking tour of the medieval city’s cobbled streets. Dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Wed 10 Jul

Our tour continues with a transfer by coach to the ancient city of Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture for 2019. Our first stop is a visit to the fortress of Zarevets Hill, giving a breathtaking view over the town of Veliko Tarnovo. From there we travel to Kazanlak, the home of the Thracian kings and the country’s largest and best preserved Thracian tombs before departing to Plovdiv where we check in to the 4-star Landmark Hotel followed by dinner.

Thu 11 Jul

Today we join our guide to explore the historic city of Plovdiv with its Roman ruins and cobbled streets of the Old Town. The tour includes the town’s Regional Ethnographic Museum and Roma amphitheatre. We then depart for the boutique Villa Yustina Winery, situated in the outskirts of the Rhodopi Mountains, for lunch accompanied by wine tasting. The afternoon is at leisure in Plovdiv followed by the evening performance.

Fri 12 Jul

This morning we return to Sofia via the monastery at Bachkovo, the second largest monastery in Bulgaria with the Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa and its frescos as a centrepiece. After arriving in Sofia we check in to the Arena di Serdica Hotel with the afternoon at leisure before the evening performance at Sofia Opera.

Sat 13 Jul

Transfer to Sofia airport for your homeward journey.

Programme

7 Jul 18.00

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE WagnerInc

D: Plamen Kartaloff

C: Velizar Genchev

Cast includes: Martin Iliev, Radostina Nikolaeva, Bayasgalan Dashnyam, Angel Hristov,Veselin Mihaylov, Biser Georgiev, Plamen Papazikov, Krasimir Dinev, Nikolay Petrov

Venue: Sofia Opera

11 Jul 21.00

OPEN AIR PERFORMANCEInc

Venue: Roman Theatre, Plovdiv

12 Jul 18.00

PARSIFAL WagnerInc

D: Plamen Kartaloff

C: Ira Levin

Cast includes: Kostadin Andreev, Atanas Mladenov, Petar Buchkov, Angel Hristov, Biser Georgiev, Radostina Nikolaeva

Venue: Sofia Opera

Flights

British Airways

6 Jul London Heathrow - Sofia dep: 08.00 arr: 13.10

13 Jul Sofia – London Heathrow dep: 14.00 arr: 15.30

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1500
Single room supplement £245
Club Europe flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £1375
Deposit required £350
Tour code SOP1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, three dinners, four lunches, one light snack, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of
our local representative or tour manager.